IN a year when we are all likely to have an increased focus on household bills, I thought it might be useful to highlight where you can get more for your money when travelling in 2023.
The Turkish Lira has been in decline against the pound since 2013, but last year it plummeted, meaning our pound stretches a lot further. Sitting at the crossroads between Asia and Europe, Turkey has something for everyone, with gorgeous blue flag beaches, ancient historical ruins, thrill seeking adventure, delicious food, spice laden bazaars and villas and hotels to suit all budgets.
If you are thinking about a city break, Lisbon is ranked one of the best value options with prices having fallen by over 8% in recent months. Known for its unique historical centre, fabulous weather (the 3rd sunniest city in Europe after Valletta and Marseille), its beautiful architecture and colourful azulejos (those cute ceramic tiles) and delicious food and wine (don’t miss those tasty pastel de nata!), Lisbon should not be missed.
If you’re considering Italy or Croatia but the budget won’t stretch, then how about Montenegro? Whilst it may be the smallest of the Balkan countries it’s a cultural giant offering five national parks and four UNESCO sites (with six more under consideration!). It’s home to the deepest canyon in Europe (2nd only to the Grand Canyon in the world), the longest beach in the Adriatic and the Southernmost fjord in Europe.
If you are thinking of further afield and dreaming of the Indian Ocean, then take a look at Mauritius. At almost 50% the cost of the Maldives or Seychelles, this could be more affordable than you imagined. Offering powder white sands, coral reefs, botanical gardens, nature reserves, mountain back drop, and adventure opportunities a plenty, Mauritius is a great destination for families and adults alike.
In a similar ilk, Jamaica has been named the best value destination in the Caribbean. This birthplace of reggae is fringed with miles of fabulous beaches, majestic waterfalls and hidden lagoons. Errol Flynn described this lush landscape as the most beautiful place his eyes had everseen.
And finally, saving the best for last, following a significant fall in the Rand against the pound, South Africa is even more affordable than ever. With breath-taking beaches, the chance to see the Big 5 in outstanding conservation areas,superb food and wine, a temperate climate and a melting pot of cultures, SouthAfrica was one of the most fabulous placesI have ever been lucky enough to visit.
If I have piqued your interest with any of these destinations, then please get in touch.
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